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Aida Maria Galapagos Cruise

Center & North Galápagos Cruise

5 Days Galápagos cruise on board the Aida Maria

From USD 1,680

Center & North Galápagos Cruise

5 Days, Max. 16 passengers

4 Reviews

Budget Ship

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A 5-day Expedition Cruise

4 Reviews

Budget Ship
The Trip Highlights

Snorkel with Hammerheads at Darwin Bay

Scientific insights at C. Darwin Research Station

A bird lover's paradise: Hiking on Genovesa

Giant Tortoises in the wild on Santa Cruz

Galapatours 'Plus' Experience

Built in Galápagos

Great itineraries

English-speaking guide for all activities

Lectures in the evening

Get to know the highlights of Galápagos with this Naturalist cruise on board the beautiful Aida Maria! On this Expedition Cruise, you will discover the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos Islands: On Genovesa, breathtaking dinghy rides, stunning views and close encounters with the most iconic birds of the Archipelago await you. Blue-footed Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and many more species can be seen here. During your time on Santa Cruz, you will have the chance to observe the famous Galápagos Giant Tortoises in the wild and learn more about the preservation and scientific study of these amazing animals. On Santiago, an island formerly inhabited by pirates, you will be able to enjoy hikes and dinghy rides.

Your ship: Aida Maria

What better way to experience the Galápagos Islands than on board a yacht that was designed and built right here in the islands from local materials and using local craftsmen? The Aida Maria was launched in 1997, and her owner's family have been a part of Galápagos life since the 1930s. A Galápagos cruise aboard Aida Maria gives you a unique perspective on these unique islands. We think Aida Maria gets the balance just right between affordable Galápagos cruising and having an enjoyable, comfortable and stylish experience. When you step on board, it's remarkable to think that the entire ship wa … Read more about Aida Maria

Amenities

transfer

Transfers to and from ship

footprint

100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

meal

All meals

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin

drinks

Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

children

-20% for children ≤ 12

EN guide

English guide

Food & Drinks

The food on our Galapágos Cruises is among the very best you will find in South America. Most of the on-board chefs are internationally trained and have prior experience working in the best hotels and restaurants in Ecuador and indeed around the world.

You can expect a first-class selection of food, including a good variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced poultry and fish/seafood, rice and pasta dishes. Most boats will always include some typical Ecuadorian dishes on the menu during your cruise. If you have specific dietary requirements then these can usually be accommodated by the chef providing you have given advance notice. Please make sure you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements you have at the time you book with us. If you leave it until you arrive at the dockside, then it may well be impossible to accommodate your needs.

Most boats serve a range of options at meal times in a relaxed buffet-style. At the first class and luxury end of the market, some boats have more formal dining where you will be served at your seat. However the atmosphere is always relaxed on board our cruises, and never stuffy or formal.

Aida Maria Galapagos Cruise
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Genovesa

Reviews

Claire Deluney

Budget Ship

Very beautiful cruise with everything you can wish for Just came back from a fantastic five week trip to South America. We (sister and myself, early 20s) completed a fantastic eight day / seven night cruise of the Galapagos Islands with Aida Maria. When researching our trip to the Galápagos, there were not many recent reviews of boats. Our criteria for the trip was based on dates, cost and itinerary. The Aida Maria met those criteria, so we hoped for the best and booked our 8 day/7 night cruise over Christmas. The boat was well maintained and our cabin was clean, but a little small. There was little room for luggage, so pack lightly! We were fortunate in that we had a main deck room and could open a window. I believe the rooms lower deck were noisier and smelt of fuel due to their location near the engine. We used the common outdoor areas when navigating between islands, but there were also seats indoors to use during free time. Food was plentiful and tasty, though simple. Had seafood at least one meal everyday, with lots of fruit, rice and salads on the side. Breakfast was generally eggs, cereal, toast and fruit. They made a special effort Christmas Eve with a whole Turkey for dinner. Impressive when you saw the size of the kitchen! We covered the northern, central and southern islands of Galápagos in our cruise. We saw lots of birds and most land animals. Snorkelling was a little disappointing due to poor clarity and not a lot of fish, but as Australians we have been fortunate with some excellent snorkelling experiences in the Great Barrier Reef. Most days we did two land based trips and two snorkelling trips. The boat had two pangas so all 16 passengers on board could get to the island in one trip. Land based trips generally didn't consist of long walks, but rather short meanders on the beach, with our guide stopping to tell us about the animals, history, or plants. The boats itineraries were all well organised so landing sights / walks / snorkelling sights were not overrun with tourists. Due to the large distances between islands, we were often navigating at night. The boat was reasonably small and rocked a lot when moving. If you suffer from sea sickness, ensure you pack medication. The crew didn't speak much English, but they were very attentive. Our guide was informative and helpful. Overall we had a fantastic trip. We both felt that 8 days was just the right length - any shorter and you feel as if you have missed seeing lots, but any more than 8 days in a boat would have been a little too long for us! We also both felt that a boat trip was the way to see the Galapagos islands. The distances between islands is large and by cruising, you maximise the time available on islands to see the flora and fauna. Source: goo.gl/yzaW6J

caitlin p from Edmonton, Canada

Budget Ship

Dream vacation I took a 15 day tour of all the Islands (except Darwin and Wolf which are for diving only) on the Aida Maria. Although I did a lot of research and booked the tour for the Eden, the day before we arrived we received a letter saying that it would be docked and would have to switch to the Aida Maria. I was upset after all that research to be changed but it turned out to be the BEST. The Aida Maria is more up to date than the Eden. This was an amazing vacation, especially for an environmental scientist! Our crew was great. We had amazing food and if you have specific requirements they were more than happy to provide alternatives. It was an incredibly active with hiking and snorkeling sometimes both twice a day! Bring a wet suit if you are snorkeling on the west side of Isabella island. Although you would think that the islands are pristine, they are not. there are 4 cities and like any city that have brought in invasive species that looked pretty or was brought in to solve pest problems. Each island is so unique and I couldn't imagine having been the other 16 passengers that stayed 3 - 7 days, YOU MUST DO THE 15. My one complaint would be our guide was young and didn't have a voice or "backbone" to tell the other passengers to stay on the path. It was extremely frustrating, especially one girl that would ALWAYS wonder off the path to get a great picture when 5 meters farther it would be sitting on the path. This was a great trip for the more relaxed personalities who don't mind wearing the same outfit a couple of times unlike some of the yacht goers. Source: goo.gl/dEJ2dX

Sarah P.

Budget Ship

Wonderful cruise and experience Just an update - we booked the Aida Maria in March for our vacation, and it was wonderful. Heather was correct that it was not a luxury ship, but it was excellent and the crew was wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone looking at staying on a smaller ship. We had 16 people on board and really got to know each other over the week. I've talked to people who booked a larger ship and while they may have had entertainment and such, I think that takes away from the joys of the islands. Would go back anyday. Source: goo.gl/GFfjyD


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